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The A Lists: 1988 (64)

  • Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (Def Jam)
  • African Connection Vol. 1: Zaire Choc! (Celluloid import)
  • Tom T. Hall: The Essential Tom T. Hall: Twentieth Anniversary Collection/The Story Songs (Mercury)
  • Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation (Enigma/Blast First)
  • Mahlathini & Mahotella Queens: Paris-Soweto (Celluloid import)
  • The Heartbeat of Soweto (Shanachie)
  • Lucinda Williams: Lucinda Williams (Rough Trade)
  • Pere Ubu: The Tenement Year (Enigma)
  • Psychedelic Furs: All of This and Nothing (Columbia)
  • Ambitious Lovers: Greed (Virgin)
  • Ornette Coleman and Prime Time: Virgin Beauty (Portrait)
  • The Flying Burrito Brothers: Farther Along: The Best of the Flying Burrito Brothers (A&M)
  • Pet Shop Boys: Introspective (EMI-Manhattan)
  • Zani Diabate & the Super Djata Band: Zani Diabate & the Super Djata Band (Mango)
  • Bhundu Boys: Tsvimbodzemoto: Sticks of Fire (Hannibal)
  • Patsy Cline: Live at the Opry (MCA)
  • Robert Cray Band: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (Mercury)
  • Folkways: A Vision Shared--A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly (Columbia)
  • EPMD: Strictly Business (Fresh)
  • Feedtime: Shovel (Rough Trade)
  • Zimbabwe Frontline (Virgin)
  • Michelle Shocked: Short Sharp Shocked (Mercury)
  • Najma: Qareeb (Shanachie)
  • Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (Columbia)
  • Eric B. & Rakim: Follow the Leader (Uni)
  • Traveling Wilburys: Volume One (Wilbury)
  • Guy: Guy (MCA)
  • Richard Thompson: Amnesia (Capitol)
  • Obed Ngobeni: My Wife Bought a Taxi (Shanachie)
  • Was (Not Was): What Up, Dog? (Chrysalis)
  • Jungle Brothers: Straight Out the Jungle (Idlers)
  • James Brown: Motherlode (Polydor)
  • Flipper: Sex Bomb Baby! (Subterranean)
  • Gilberto Gil: Soy Loco Por Ti America (Braziloid)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire: The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. II (Columbia)
  • R.E.M.: Eponymous (I.R.S.)
  • Miriam Makeba: Sangoma (Warner Bros.)
  • Womack & Womack: Conscience (Island)
  • Buzzcocks: Lest We Forget (ROIR)
  • Heartbeat Soukous (Earthworks/Virgin)
  • Motorhead: No Sleep at All (Enigma/GWR)
  • Mory Kante: Akwaba Beach (Polydor)
  • Thunder Before Dawn--The Indestructible Beat of Soweto Volume Two (Earthworks/Virgin)
  • Prince: The Black Album (unlabeled cassette)
  • Hurricane Zouk (Earthworks/Virgin)
  • The Go-Betweens: 16 Lovers Lane (Capitol)
  • Patti Smith: Dream of Life (Arista)
  • The Chills: Brave Words (Homestead)
  • Too Much Joy: Son of Sam I Am (Alias)
  • Jimi Hendrix Experience: Radio One (Rykodisc)
  • Steve Jordan: The Return of El Parche (Rounder)
  • Astor Piazzolla: The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night (American Clavé)
  • Joe Louis Walker: The Gift (Hightone)
  • Mahlathini & Mahotella Queens: Thokozile (Virgin)
  • Dag Nasty: Field Day (Giant)
  • The Fall: I Am Kurious Oranj (Beggars Banquet)
  • The Real Roxanne: The Real Roxanne (Select)
  • Mr. Magic's Rap Attack Volume 4 (Profile)
  • Randy Travis: Old 8x10 (Warner Bros.)
  • Voice of the Beehive: Let It Bee (London)
  • Bootsy Collins: What's Bootsy Doin'? (Columbia)
  • Soul Brothers: Jive Explosion (Virgin)
  • Maroon: The Funky Record (Arb Recordings)
  • Mofungo: Bugged (SST)

Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s, 1990


The A Lists: 1987 The A Lists: 1989